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Cycle paths to get another review

By johnboy - 3 October 2009 63

Andrew Barr has announced that we’re going to take another look at footpaths and cycle paths across this fair city.

As part of the ACT Government’s development of the Sustainable Transport Action Plan 2010-2016, a review is being undertaken to improve cycling and pedestrian networks.

A contract has been awarded to a local company, Cardno Eppell Olsen, for $140,000 to undertake an extensive review of Canberra’s commuter bicycle network in line with the Sustainable Transport Action Plan.

‘Ere we go again!

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Cycle paths to get another review
androo 8:38 am 05 Oct 09

However I’m yet to see a cyclist on the new cycle paths alongside Cotter Rd near Weston Creek. They rarely stay in the cycle lane between Stromlo and the cycle path turnoff, and then just flip out onto the road for the rest of the way down to the traffic lights – entirely ignoring the newly-constructed cycle paths.

So why not ride in cycle lane where it’s provided (built last year)?
and why not ride on the newly-finished cycle paths (off the road)?

and if cyclists don’t want to use such facilities, why build them?

Deckard 12:00 am 05 Oct 09

thomped0200 said :

GET THE BIKES OFF ROADS THAT ARE OVER 60KPH!
Its crazy that with one short lapse of concentration you can land yourself in jail and kill someone.

Can someone get this guy off the road. Please!!

caf 11:22 pm 04 Oct 09

If your concentration is that easily lost, you shouldn’t be driving at all. Turn your license in and get used to the pluses of buses.

Up The Duffy 10:17 pm 04 Oct 09

“thomped0200” Maybe you should stop driving, your short lapse of concentration might put you under a truck. No Hard working truck driver should have to face the responsibility of your death, even if its not their fault.

ApolloBradfield 8:27 pm 04 Oct 09

Felix the Cat said

Why do they need to pay consultants who probably know nothing on the subject, why not just get Pedal Power and perhaps the other main cycling clubs in Canberra to send their suggestions in? It would cost considerably less and the money saved could be put back into new cycling facilities/repairs to existing facilities.

Ditto – totally agree – just think of how much money could be saved if the Govt actually did this. Problem is they would end up getting a report they don’t want to hear. That’s what consultants do – pitch it for the customer (ACT Govt) and not write up what the actual public want.

Cheers Apollo

shauno 4:52 pm 04 Oct 09

I agree keep the bikes off the roads. How boring and dangerous is riding on the road anyway. I much prefer the bike paths far more pleasant and safe riding and interesting as well.

Felix the Cat 4:52 pm 04 Oct 09

Agreed, on-road bike lanes aren’t for everyone. You wouldn’t let 5 year old Johnny or Mary ride on them, they are more for the commuters and ‘roadies’. I like them but they are no use if they aren’t made properly (loose gravel with light spray of tar eg Cotter Rd) and then maintained (need to sweep debris from them on a more regular basis eg rocks, glass, tree branches etc).

Cyclists on ‘shared paths with joggers/walkers don’t mix IMHO. If a cyclist doing 20km/h collides with granny or small child who’s walking at 5km/h then there is potential for serious injury of both parties. It has also been my experience that a lot of the pedestrian traffic on these paths walk two, three or more abreast and make little effort, if any, to move to one side of the path as a cyclist tries to ride past. Then there are the unrestrained small children and pets to negotiate (I know children aren’t meant to be on a leash but parents are still supposed to control them).

Not really sure what the solution is. It’s obviously not feasible to have a heap of different paths all going to the same destination and all running along side each other, one for walkers, one for joggers, one for cyclists etc etc. I guess the best compromise is what we have now with a mixture of paths and on-road cycling and for everyone to be more tolerant of others and slow down or move over.

thomped0200 2:52 pm 04 Oct 09

GET THE BIKES OFF ROADS THAT ARE OVER 60KPH!
Its crazy that with one short lapse of concentration you can land yourself in jail and kill someone.

Jerry Atric 10:40 am 04 Oct 09

I am informed that there was a survey of the condition of the Mount Rogers walking track last May. It is listed in my Birthday Book for dishonourable mention next May. Meanwhile negotiating the track remains an extreme sport for wrinklies.

Pandy 9:59 am 04 Oct 09

Pedesrians with dogs deserve nice walking paths too you know. It aint all about lyra wearing middle aged men with beards.

Gungahlin Al 9:05 am 04 Oct 09

bd84 said :

how many sustainable action transport plans do we need? there are about 3 already that the Government has done just about nothing towards any of them.

Yeah you have to wonder whether it isn’t time to start *implementing* some of the plans don’t you?

Reps from TaMS and Brown Consulting will be at the GCC meeting on 14 October (Palmerston Community Centre) to discuss this (and presumably what is different this time…), for any northsiders interested.

Guess it gives us an opportunity to (once again) point out the need for some formalised paths across the grassland reserves to the Gungahlin town centre from Crace, Palmerston and Franklin (could be combined with environmental interpretive signage).

Will also reiterate our concern with the focus on on-road cycle paths at the expense of off-road cycle ways. These glorified road shoulders lead to so many serious accidents (what accident between a vehicle and a cyclist *isn’t* serious? he asks), you have to wonder about how the cost/benefit could stack up. Then there’s the lower up-take because of all the people (myself inc) who won’t use on-road cyclelanes.

hax 8:22 am 04 Oct 09

Riding on roads turns me off riding all together, but that seems to be the direction they’re mostly taking.

Where are you supposed to store your bikes in these new suburbs anyway?

dvaey 1:09 am 04 Oct 09

Maybe the government should just finish off moving all cyclists to the roads, so they can sell up all that real-estate thats being taken up by bike paths or something. It seems the government believes bikes would rather use roadways than designated cycleways away from the roads, so why not turn those designated cycleways into light-rail or something similar?

Felix the Cat 9:53 pm 03 Oct 09

Why do they need to pay consultants who probably know nothing on the subject, why not just get Pedal Power and perhaps the other main cycling clubs in Canberra to send their suggestions in? It would cost considerably less and the money saved could be put back into new cycling facilities/repairs to existing facilities.

bd84 9:23 pm 03 Oct 09

how many sustainable action transport plans do we need? there are about 3 already that the Government has done just about nothing towards any of them.

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